In a city where the unemployment rate is 9.1 percent, above both
the statewide and national average, you’d think that mayoral
candidates would be competing to attract businesses and jobs. And
in a city where the cost of living is so high that the city
pays $3,000 a month for landlords to house the “homeless” in
rooms without kitchens or private bathrooms, you’d think that
mayoral candidates would be competing to welcome a discount
retailer that would allow residents to save money on clothing and
Yet this is New York City. Instead of laying out a welcome mat
for Walmart, observes Ira Stoll, the Democratic mayoral candidates
are trying to keep the company out of the city. An
account in The New York Times recently quoted the
speaker of the City Council, Christine Quinn, declaring, “As long
as Wal-Mart’s behavior remains the same, they’re not welcome in New
York City…New York isn’t changing. Wal-Mart has to change.” View this article.
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HOUSTON (AP) — The disabled cruise ship under tow in the Gulf of Mexico has had other mechanical problems in recent weeks, including one that delayed its departure on a previous voyage from Galveston late last month.
Debbi Smedley, a passenger on a Triumph cruise that left Galveston on Jan. 28, said she received an email from Carnival Cruise Lines hours before the scheduled departure stating the ship would leave late because of a propulsion problem. Passengers were asked to arrive at the port at 2 p.m., two hours later than originally scheduled.
The ship did not sail until after 8 p.m., she said.
“My mother is a cruise travel agent so this is not my first rodeo. I have sailed many, many cruises, many, many cruise lines. This was, by far, I have to say, the worst,” said Smedley, of Plano, Texas.
On its most recent journey, the Triumph lost power Sunday after a fire in the engine room. The ship floated aimlessly until Tuesday when two tugboats met it in the Gulf of Mexico and began towing it to Mobile, Ala. Some of the more than 3,100 passengers aboard have told relatives they are living in filthy conditions and have limited access to food and bathrooms. Carnival disputes those accounts.
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President Barack Obama came into office during one of the worst salmonella outbreaks in United States history, in which at least 700 people fell ill after eating tainted peanut butter. Days after his inauguration, he pledged to make peanut butter (and all American food) safe to eat, a promise he seemed to be on the way to fulfilling when signing the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) into law on Jan. 4, 2011. Yet the actual impact of the law remained unclear until the release of the regulations for produce and preventive controls this January, exactly two years later. The rules detail the measures farms and food manufacturers must take to reduce the risk that their food will make people sick, from writing food safety plans to making clean bathrooms readily available to farm workers. These regulations are widely considered the most significant to hit the food industry since nutritional labels became standard in 1990.Reading 1,286 pages of dense federal regulations is no one’s idea of fun, but that’s exactly what Marc Sanchez spent the entirety of the first weekend of 2013 doing, when the Food and Drug Administration released the first two sets of regulations tiedRead More…
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Take a high-end drugstore razor, remove any name branding, drop the price down to far less than Gillette’s and you’ve got online membership service Dollar Shave Club. The startup that found its way into guy’s hearts, or at least their bathrooms, when it launched in … Read More